Following Leicester’s drubbing of Arsenal last weekend, there’s been some potentially worrying news on the transfer front for fans of the Foxes.
The Sun claimed at the beginning of the week that Manchester City were showing an interest in central defender Harry Maguire.
There was also a concerning update regarding loanee Youri Tielemans, who according to The Daily Star has Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham all chasing him.
Tielemans has been an instant hit at the King Power whilst Maguire has transformed Leicester’s defence in the two seasons he’s now been at the club. They’d both be huge loses, but with their possible departures looming, we came up with two alternative Leicester starting XIs for if they left.
This is quite a traditional Leicester formation that’s been deployed in recent years. However, it sees two main beneficiaries with Maguire possibly leaving and Tielemans not completing a permanent move.
One of which is Filip Benkovic. The young Croatian has starred on loan at Celtic this season and thrived under the guidance of Brendan Rodgers when the Scot was still with the Hoops. His progression has already been impressive and Foxes fans can look forward to him returning next term.
Hamza Choudhury also benefits from Tielemans leaving. His performances this season have been hugely promising, no less so than against Arsenal. He comes in as a like-for-like swap for Tielemans with James Maddison now being the creative outlet. This formation hangs on Harvey Barnes and Damarai Gray both realising their potentials.
The pair have the quality to be stand out players for the Foxes next season and could help provide the creative spark that will be missing if Tielemans isn’t signed permanently.
This is a very different looking side and would rely on a complete change of system. Again Benkovic and Choudhury benefit from the departures but it could see Rodgers utilise a three man defence.
Ricardo Pereira and Ben Chilwell are both exceptional going forward which would make them excellent wing backs. Meanwhile, Caglar Soyuncu also gets a chance. He’s had a very unproductive first season in English football, but with Maguire potentially on his way out, this could be the ideal opportunity for the Turk to step up.
In this system, it sees Jamie Vardy paired with Kalechi Iheanacho in attack. He is another player who has struggled since making the move to the King Power but the potential he showed at Manchester City means it shouldn’t be too long before he thrives once again. At 22, he still has the world at his feet.
Both Maguire and Tielemans are huge players for Leicester, but these two predicted XIs show they aren’t irreplaceable.